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Quick Guide – Understanding the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan 2023

What is the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan 2023?

The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan 2023 is a strategic blueprint for the future of the NHS workforce. It focuses on three key areas: Train, Retain, and Reform.

Key Areas of Focus

  1. Train: The plan aims to increase education and training opportunities, including apprenticeships and alternative routes into professional roles. This is intended to address current labour shortages in the healthcare sector.
  2. Retain: The plan focuses on improving culture, leadership, and wellbeing within the NHS. This includes plans to improve flexible opportunities for prospective retirees, provide national funding for continuing professional development, and support the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce.
  3. Reform: The plan proposes improving productivity by working and training in different ways, building broader teams with flexible skills, changing education and training to deliver more staff in roles and services where they are needed most, and ensuring staff have the right skills to take advantage of new technology.

What Does This Mean for You?

As a member of the NHS workforce, this plan will likely impact your work in several ways:

  • You may have more opportunities for education and training, which could help you advance your career.
  • You may see changes in your workplace culture and leadership, with a greater emphasis on wellbeing.
  • You may be asked to work or train in different ways, or to develop new skills to take advantage of new technologies.

What Do You Need to Do?

  • Stay informed about the plan and how it is being implemented in your area.
  • Take advantage of new education and training opportunities.
  • Be open to new ways of working and be prepared to develop new skills.
  • Participate in efforts to improve workplace culture and wellbeing.
  • Provide feedback on the plan and its implementation, and voice any concerns you may have.

Remember, this plan is a strategic document and may not cover every detail of how changes will be implemented. Be sure to communicate with your managers and colleagues, and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re unsure about anything.

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